President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, says the new coach of the Super Falcons, Randy Waldrum, was hired to manage the women’s national team on a full-time basis.
Before his appointment as Falcons coach, Waldrum was the manager of the University of Pittsburgh’s women’s team in the US.
But Pittsburgh said October 5 that the 64-year-old would combine the Falcons’ job with that of their women’s team, which drew criticisms from women’s football stakeholders, including ex-Falcons stars.
“Pitt women’s soccer head coach Randy Waldrum was named the head coach of the Nigeria Senior Women’s National Team, the Nigeria Football Federation announced Monday. Waldrum will coach the Super Falcons in addition to his current role as head coach of the Panthers (Pittsburgh’s women’s football team),” the American team said on their website, pittsburghpanthers.com.
While speaking with ESPN, Pinnick, however, said the NFF did not appoint the American on a part-time basis.
“No way. He will be working full time with Nigeria. This is the senior (women’s) national team of Nigeria and we did not appoint him on a part-time basis,” Pinnick said.
Waldrum also told ESPN he had developed a 10-year plan for the record African champions.
“I’ve been working and I have a 10-year plan I’m anxious to share with the federation in order to prepare our young players in the country for future years as national team players.
“Our stars of the 2027 and 2031 World Cups are between 10-12 years old currently, so let’s get them in the proper environment now.”